WCR This Week

Bishops deplore failure of gov't aid to reach Christians

August 15, 2016
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

Most Western humanitarian aid is failing to reach the thousands of Christians who have fled their homes as Islamic State fighters have swept through Iraq and Syria, say three Middle Eastern bishops. "It's time for election (in the United States) and also it is time to rethink American policy in the Middle East," Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Irbil, in Kurdish-controlled northern Iraq, said at the annual Knights of Columbus convention in Toronto.

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Ouellet applauds pastoral approach of 'Amoris Laetitia'

Cardinal Marc Ouellet
August 15, 2016
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

TORONTO - Cardinal Marc Ouellet, whose writings were once strongly identified with resistance to any change to the ban on Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, has given a ringing endorsement to Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis' recent apostolic exhortation. "In all honesty, I think that controversies around Amoris Laetitia are understandable," Ouellet, head of the Vatican's Congregation for Bishops, told about 2,000 Knights of Columbus gathered in Toronto for their annual convention.

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Hayes of Halifax rooted in Vatican II teaching

Archbishop James Hayes
August 15, 2016
DEBORAH GYAPONG
CANADIAN CATHOLIC NEWS

Halifax Archbishop-emeritus James Hayes, one of the last remaining Canadian participants in the Second Vatican Council, died in Halifax Aug. 2. He was 92. Hayes attended the first session of Vatican II as the secretary of Halifax Archbishop Gerald Berry, and became a council father for the final session in 1965 when he had become an auxiliary bishop. He was named archbishop of Halifax after Berry's death in 1967, retiring from the position in 1990.

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Multiculturalism is an opportunity, not a threat, pope tells youth

August 15, 2016
CINDY WOODEN
CATHOLIC NEWS SERVICE

KRAKÓW, POLAND - Aware of the risk of being accused of spouting platitudes, Pope Francis called on young people to model for adults the paths of mercy and respect, and then demonstrated what he meant. "Today we adults - we adults - need you to teach us, like you are doing now, how to live with diversity, in dialogue, to experience multiculturalism not as a threat but an opportunity," the pope told young people gathered for a prayer vigil July 30.

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Canada's national hymnal undergoing major revision

August 15, 2016
MICHAEL SWAN
THE CATHOLIC REGISTER

What you sing and how you sing it on Sunday mornings is about to get more fine tuning. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched a search for hymns, songs, chants and Mass settings to include in a new national hymnal. The CCCB plans to replace the Catholic Book of Worship III in 2018. Composers have until Nov. 30 to get their hymns, psalms and Mass settings into the National Liturgy Office in Ottawa. The green CBW III is now more than 20 years old, having first hit the presses in 1994. It has been made obsolete by two separate changes to the liturgy in English-speaking Canada.

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Deacons urged to hear cry of the poor

July 25, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In a moving celebration at St. Joseph Basilica July 9, Edmonton Archbishop Richard Smith ordained four men to the permanent diaconate. He also ordained seminarian Roger Niedzielski to the transitional diaconate, the final phase of his preparation for the priesthood. After serving as a deacon for a year, Niedzielski will likely be ordained a priest. The four new permanent deacons are professional men with extensive ministry experience in their parishes. They just completed a four-year formation program and were ordained for the service of the Word, altar and charity.

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Muslims, Catholics build bridges at Ramadan ritual meal

July 11/25, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Time and again one heard a familiar refrain from dinner tables at the Catholic-Muslim dinner held at Providence Renewal Centre June 28: "Building bridges." The event was an iftar, the ritual meal that is held at the end of each fasting day during the Muslim month of Ramadan. Two hundred Muslims, Catholics and people of other faiths came together to meet each other, and discover the meaning of the tenets of each others' faiths. By doing that, they, as was said many times during the evening, were building bridges.

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WCR did not publish July 11 issue — next issue will be dated August 15

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July 25, 2016

Because of Canada Post's threatened lockout of its workers, the Western Catholic Reporter did not provide a print edition of its scheduled July 11 issue. However, we did make the e-edition of that issue available free of charge via the newspaper's website, wcr.ab.ca.

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Pilgrims touched by Spirit at St. Kateri gathering

July 25, 2016
LASHA MORNINGSTAR
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Theodore Waskahat's words were wrapped in reverence. "The presence of God was there." The 29-year-old acclaimed musician mentioned he had been nervous when he played the flute at the third annual St. Kateri Gathering at Maskwacis July 9. The more than 200 people in the audience did not notice any nervousness. They fell silent as they listened to his emotive renditions of The Drum Song and The Lord's Prayer.

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Come to the water

July 25, 2016
RAMON GONZALEZ
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

As Redemptorist Father Mick Fleming blessed the waters of Lac Ste. Anne July 17, people waded into the lake in droves, anxious to dip themselves into the sacred waters. Many filled jars with the blessed liquid to take back home. A young woman, pain clearly visible on her face, slowly pushed her walker into the lake in the hope of obtaining relief. Younger people helped their elders into the water. Some older people with canes walked in by themselves. Priests and bishops also walked inside the lake to bless the people, one by one.

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